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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 13, 2007
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Rob Stewart, Stephen Lobo, Kristanna Loken
  • Summary: A woman who can heal from any injury works on a secret government project to track genetically-enhanced humans with mind-control abilities in this adaptation of the graphic novel (which also aired on Sci-Fi as a movie with a different cast in 2005).
  • Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Quesada
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Apr 13, 2007
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. Moody and fast-paced, this is good, only minimally pretentious, sci-fi fun.
  2. "Painkiller Jane" doesn't soar to the dramatic heights of "Battlestar," but it is a step above some of the network's other programs, a procedural thriller with a sense of humor and stylish action scenes.
  3. The effects-laden pilot of “Painkiller Jane” is certainly watchable.
  4. No, they're not ripping off "Heroes" - "Jane" was there first - but looking at the two shows side by side demonstrates how much execution matters to even the most promising concept.
  5. "Painkiller Jane" has been reincarnated as a far lamer show than it was on first view more than a year ago.
  6. The series doesn't come close to capturing the edgy tone and visual style of the print original.
  7. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    The show is long on concept and short on execution which would actually be OK if the writing and acting were not so simply terrible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. BobB.
    Sep 22, 2007
    It rocks- no seriously.
  2. daveb
    Sep 26, 2007
    the only show I found interesting on all TV, the rest you can figure the ending 5 min into the show. To bad itm didn't last, most viewers now don't want to think. Expand
  3. JunaidS
    Feb 3, 2008
    Well, its different from HEROES but certainly its wonderful in its own way. I watched the whole 6 DVD's back to back this weekend and im hell looking for season 2. What happens to BRIAN, and Robert, like i can't wait. Kristina is excellent in these episodes against certain movies like Blood Rayne. She is a genuine depiction of personal vs professional conflicts. You should shine star :) All hands for the show. Expand
  4. TaffW
    Apr 25, 2007
    This is quite watchable, I guess it has been over shadowed by Heroes. It doesn't have the slick production of that show but its quite entertaining. How lame to give this a O because it spoils your Google searches? Expand
  5. May 30, 2012
    PKJ has a good premise and could have been a good show. Generally a show that has super people should be about the super people, like Heroes, or show both the Feds and the super people like The 4400. Showing just the Feds side of things can be good like in Alphas but in PKJ it just doesn't work because the writing is so bad. Its not terrible but the plots are just too bland. Expand
  6. BlancoA.
    Apr 17, 2007
    This show is really, really thin. Of couse it's gonna suck, but it's not the "good" kind of sucking, like those flicks with Milla Jovovich. Loken is the show's only virtue, but she's shallow - much worse than her role in the "L-Word". Expand
  7. StefanT
    Apr 21, 2007
    I hate this show, cause it pops all the time in my google searches, when i look for Painkiller (the game) stuff

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